Like a guardian angel, he has been escorting Pep Guardiola to the Premier League benches since last summer. If the Catalan coach’s devotion to Marcelo Bielsa is known to all, that he maintains for Juan Manuel Lillo (55) is at least as powerful, but much more mysterious.
“He helped us a lot, confessed the Manchester City coach at the end of January. Without his influence, we wouldn’t be where we are in the standings. He knows me perfectly, he knows exactly what I need at such and such a moment. He has a special sense for seeing what I can’t see and for interpreting game situations that I can’t resolve. In bad times, he gives me peace and makes me see certain aspects of the team, beyond the result, whether good or bad. He has a vision of the game that I don’t have. ”